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Hill 2441 SDNM, AZ
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Hill 2441 SDNM, AZ 
Hill 2441 SDNM, AZ
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   10 Hrs      1.50 mph
2,000 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break40 LBS Pack
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The mission was to hike Hill 2441 in the Sonoran Desert National Monument.

Three weeks removed from unemployment USA, I was back in the chips again and ready for a road trip. The hike was intended to answer a few unknowns and offered a chance for financial gain. For some time now I had surmised that Hill 2441 was being used as an observation post, and every time in passing I glassed it over with the binoculars, wondering what was up there. Being the ‘off season’ I expected the place to be deserted; perhaps there would be something of value left behind.

Taking a roundabout route across the LoC, I reached the summit of Hill 2441 around 0900. It is a perfect location for an observation post, having a 320 degree field of view of Roads 8011, 8011A, and 8020. As predicted, there was much evidence that it had been used as an OP: rock wall hides, old cell phones, batteries, trash, etc.

Thinking that the mountain was unoccupied, I made sport of smashing up the place, returning the land to a natural state. With a mighty heave the rock walls went tumbling down the mountain; what took hours to build were destroyed in minutes. After picking the site over and finding nothing of value, I worked my way west along the ridgeline. The first sign of trouble was a bundle of fresh ocotillo limbs wrapped in twine.

In hindsight, it was unwise to have made so much noise taking down the walls. Fresh tracks, trash, and layups began to appear. I discovered a new OP site about 40 yards from the old position, a citadel upon a hill made of rock and ocotillo. It turns out that the ocotillo branches were being used as roofing material for various structures. The spotters were in the process of building a new bunker, the ocotillo branches were fresh cut and the little green leaves had yet to wilt. It was dicey in there and I bugged out double quick, as distance is my friend when operating behind enemy lines.

The whereabouts of the men on Hill 2441 was unknown. The spotter crew might have been hiding in the bunkers or they had already gone home, the men leaving after the final load passed through. Regardless, they will be back again next week. There is no ‘off season’ in the SDNM, only a slow season and a busy season. It is a place where young men can find the adventure that they seek.

The next stop was lunch over at Farley’s Cabin. I always enjoy spending time at Farley’s and appreciate the BLM’s efforts to protect Arizona heritage. There is a covered porch where one can sit a spell, enjoy a hot breeze, just like the old timers did back in the day. And hot it was. It did not take much convincing to rearrange the schedule, opt out, and make a beeline straight for the truck. Ignoring the lay of the land, I followed a Roman road to icy cold refreshment. A few hours later, in a Gila Bend convenience store, my wants were satisfied and life was good.
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